The Edo state chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, has cried out over non payment of outstanding salaries and other deductibles owed Council workers and the union in the state which they said have run into billions of Naira.
The union called on the state government and Heads of Local Government Administration of the eighteen Local Government Councils in the state to, as a matter of urgency, commence the payment of all the arrears and other deductions with immediate effect to avoid workers’ faceoff in the state.
Expressing the workers’ position while fielding questions from newsmen in Benin City on Tuesday, Edo State chapter’s President, Comrade Lazarus Imokhai Adorolo said the council workers have endured enough and can no longer bear the hardship they have been subjected to.
According to Comrade Adorolo, the local government workers are downcast in Edo State as a result of the non-payment of salaries, outstanding salaries arrears and other deductions which also run into millions of Naira.
“Our compilations and findings have shown that the eighteen Local Government Councils are owing the workers the sum of four billion, two hundred and ninety-five million, eight hundred and twenty-eight thousand, six hundred and fourty-three naira, fifty-three kobo (N4,295,828,643.53).
“Our expectations was that as the allocation improves, there ought to be corresponding improvement in the payment of outstanding salary arrears and outstanding deductions.
Instead, some have managed to pay one and half months others have only paid half while some have only paid Percentage of one month, a situation that is worrisome and if we cannot help ourselves who will help us?.
He also hinted that “the Councils are also owing NULGE as deductable arrears to the tune of well over 89Million Naira, even as those of NHF, COOPERATIVE, NACHP, NANNM etc, are also in Millions of Naira”.
The Edo NULGE President also disclosed that “with the proceed from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) shared for the month of October,2021, there is no reason for the Councils’ supposed inability to commence offsetting these arrears except other wise that is unknown to us”
“We know that in recent time, the allocation to Councils is improving while their expenditure has dropped as there are no political office holders presently whose bills would have eaten deep into the revenue, so why are they not paying now, or is there something that someone is not telling us as a union?
“We expect constant interaction so that we can all be on the same page before the continuous harmony elude us as the union leadership is under serious pressure to take the bull by the horn”, Comrade Lazarus Adorolo declared.